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Talk Show Host Jailed For 'Immorality' Because She Said She Supports Single Mothers

In many western nations, single motherhood is a normal fact of life and quite common. Saying that a woman can have a baby without a husband if she wishes is not exactly a shocking thing to say, and it's not something for which most people would ever expect to face consequences. We forget sometimes that it's not like that in many other parts of the world. One reporter in Egypt was jailed for three years, just for saying it was okay to have a baby out of wedlock.

Duaa Sayed Salah, a former talk show host from Egypt, is now behind bars. She'll stay behind bars for three long years, and her only crime was saying on public television that she thought it was okay for an unmarried woman to choose to have a baby.

Salah appeared on her show that day to discuss the topic of single mothers. She wore a fake baby bump for the segment, which was entitled, "Buy a Man."

During the show, the controversial host said that women can become single moms if that's what they want to do. She even went so far as to tell them how to do it. She explained that women could make agreements with men, get pregnant and move on without him.

"You simply need to have the money and then separate," Salah explained.

She even pointed to an example of a woman who had a baby out of wedlock. Hadeer Makkawi made headlines as Egypt's 'First Single Mother'.

Makkawi got national attention when she was pregnant, and it was believed that the young woman was single. As it turned out, she was actually married when she got pregnant. She and her husband kept the marriage a secret because her father would have disapproved. She got pregnant, but her husband divorced her before the baby came.

Makkawi managed to prove that she was married legally at the time she got pregnant, and even was able to provide authorities with a paternity test to prove her husband was legitimately the baby’s father. But because she gave the appearance of being a single mom, many accused the woman of indecency and she was slammed for having the baby.

After the shocking episode aired, Salah was indicted for inciting immorality and committing dishonorable acts. She was ordered to spend three years behind bars, and charged $10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $569 U.S. dollars) in fines.

The network argued that Salah had 'crossed the line' and was discussing issues that contradicted the country's more traditional values and family principles.

In a country like America, this can be a little shocking. Unwed mothers here do not usually get stigmatized, let alone arrested and charged with indecency. Instead, unwed pregnant teens have gotten their own reality shows. Many female celebrities who opted to have babies outside of marriage have been praised for their choice and for taking control of their lives.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Al Nahar TV

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